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CPT Code 97802 | Medical Nutrition Therapy; Initial Visit

CPT 97802 may be used for every 15 minutes of the first visit of medical nutrition therapy provided face-to-face to the patient. 

What Is CPT Code 97802?

Report CPT 97802 for medical nutrition therapy. This type of therapy treats medical conditions and symptoms with specific diet therapy.

Report this code for the initial assessment; it can be billed every 15 minutes of face-to-face contact.


The CPT book describes CPT code 97802 as: “Medical nutrition therapy; initial assessment and intervention, individual, face-to-face with the patient, each 15 minutes.”


The provider, typically a qualified nutrition professional, assesses the patient’s medical condition, performs a nutrition screen, and initiates a specific dietary plan.

The diet is designed to improve the patient’s quality of life and health.

Fifteen minutes are spent with the patient, and the provider advises the patient about health and long-term eating habits. 

How To Use CPT 97802

Report CPT 97803 if the provider reassesses the patient for medical nutrition therapy on subsequent visits for every 15 minutes.

Report CPT 97804 for medical nutrition therapy offered in groups for every 30 minutes.


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